Spotify is shutting down Spotify Stations, its lightweight music streaming app, on May 16, according to emails sent to users.
the the email is shared on Twitter hence the standalone app and web player will no longer work. In fact, Spotify isn’t even waiting until May 16 to start shutting down stations because the app has already been removed from Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
The email from Spotify then states that Music Stations will migrate to the main app and recommends that you move your favorites.
We contacted Spotify to ask why it was discontinuing Stations. Simply put, it was an “experiment” that ran its course. A Spotify spokesperson told TechRadar in a statement, “At Spotify, we regularly conduct a number of experiments to create better listening experiences for our users. Some of these tests end up paving the way for our broader user experience and others just serve as important learning. Our Spotify Stations Beta was one such test.
Spotify Stations first launched in January 2018 and it was pretty much the service version of Pandora. There was a wide variety of stations based on different genres, artists, or moods. You had almost no control over what you listened to outside of basic curation features like favorite songs.
The response from Spotify users has been overwhelmingly negative but resigned. Commenters on the Spotify subreddit are disappointed that Stations is gone because they liked the streamlined user interface. The user interface took you straight to the music without having to navigate menus. Some said it was a great way to find new music while others admitted it was a bit wonky. The audio quality was poor and you couldn’t add a song to playlists on the base app.
With the shutdown of Spotify stations, there seems to be the start of a new trend among tech giants to bundle their services under one roof rather than having a bunch of different apps. Spotify has already done something similar with the integration of its Greenroom feature into its main app, now rebranded as Spotify Live.
YouTube is doing something similar by getting rid of its lightweight YouTube Go app. This was deemed “unnecessary” and encouraged older users to get the main app. It will be interesting to see if other services follow the same path. It would be great to have one lightweight app with a ton of features instead of having multiple ones.